World Cafe

Sunday 3:00 p.m

World Cafe showcases indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music. Produced by WXPN, Philadelphia.

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World Cafe
9:55 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Active Child On World Cafe

Active Child.
Courtesy of the artist

Under the name Active Child, Pat Grossi crafts gorgeous arrangements out of harps, synths and electronic drums, each of which complements his own ethereal voice. The elements of church music in his compositions stem from an authentic place: Grossi has been singing since his early days as a choirboy.

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World Cafe
3:16 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Sallie Ford And The Sound Outside On World Cafe

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside.
Melani Brown

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside's frontwoman was working as a waitress when she met bandmates Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums) and Jeff Munger (guitar). Together, the four quickly built a following in their local music scene for their quirky style and energetic retro sensibility.

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World Cafe
12:36 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Oh! Pears On 'World Cafe: Next'

Oh! Pears' Corey Duncan.
Courtesy of the artist

Oh! Pears is the brainchild of Seattle native Corey Duncan, who started the 13-piece group after a split with his former band Pattern Is Movement. With two violas, a violin, two cellos, four guitars, two drum stations, a flute, a trumpet and plenty of voices, Oh! Pears creates robust layers of instrumentation and vocals on its latest EP, Fill Your Lungs.

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World Cafe
11:57 am
Mon January 2, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Jack White

Jack White of The White Stripes performs during the fourth and final day of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 17, 2007 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Jeff Gentner Getty Images

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
12:19 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

World Cafe: Looking Ahead To 2012

Heather Browne, who runs the music blog I Am Fuel You Are Friends, stands before her formidable record collection. She and WXPN's Bruce Warren share their picks for artists to watch in 2012.
Courtesy of I Am Fuel You Are Friends

As the last World Cafe before we ring in 2012, today's show looks back at the wonderful year of music that was 2011, and takes a peek at what's ahead.

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World Cafe
12:30 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Adele On World Cafe

Adele recently performed on World Cafe.
Mari Sarii/Courtesy of XL Records

At 22 years old, Adele was inspired by the works of Etta James, Jeff Buckley and Jill Scott when she decided to enroll in the BRIT school. By the time of graduation she had perfected her sound and emerged as a soulful songbird and MySpace sensation in 2007 and 2008.

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World Cafe
7:30 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Dawes On World Cafe

Dawes performs live on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Although Dawes' members have only been together since 2009, the L.A. band's romantic roots rock sounds like the product of an entirely different era.

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World Cafe
12:30 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Bon Iver On World Cafe

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
D.L. Anderson

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:28 am

This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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World Cafe
7:33 am
Mon December 26, 2011

St. Vincent On World Cafe

Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent.
Courtesy of the artist

Though Annie Clark began as a member of Sufjan Stevens' touring band and The Polyphonic Spree, those experiences do little to explain the incredible things that happen on Strange Mercy, her third album under the moniker St. Vincent. As if unleashed from the constraints of her previous work, Clark straight-up shreds.

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World Cafe
7:30 am
Mon December 26, 2011

The Decemberists On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 6:39 pm

The Decemberists have been on hiatus for quite a while — so long that the non-Colin Meloy members of the band have their own group, Black Prairie. We love these musicians together, and that's why we picked their session from 2011's The King Is Dead to feature on Vintage Cafe.

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